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The CTO of one of the biggest consulting firms says CEOs and directors are beating a path to his door to get up-to-speed on the latest tech trends

Deloitte's technology consultants used to meet primarily with clients' chief technology and chief information officers. But lately, they've been meeting much more frequently with CEOs and other top-level leaders that don't work in corporations' technology departments, Bill Briggs, Deloitte's global CTO, told Business Insider. The top leaders have come to understand how important cutting-edge technologies such as artificial intelligence are to the future of their businesses. CEOs and board memb...
Tags: Google, Amazon, America, Trends, Deloitte, Jeff Bezos, Briggs, Sap, Cto, Las Vegas Most, Bill Briggs, Bill Briggs Deloitte


The CEO of secretive big data startup Palantir, which is looking to IPO this year, says he finds out about a stopped terror attack once a week

Big data startup Palantir works with government organizations, and its technology has been used to investigate terror attacks. Palantir CEO Alex Karp said in an interview that he learns about a foiled terrorist attack in Europe once a week. Palantir is reportedly looking at a $41 billion IPO in the coming year. Alex Karp, the CEO of Palantir, says he learns about a foiled terrorist attack in Europe almost every week. Palantir, a private company that specializes in big data technology, ...
Tags: Facebook, Europe, Berlin, Trends, Palantir, Axel Springer, Alex Karp, U S Army, Karp, Anis Amri, Muslims Karp, Germany Palantir, Osama bin Laden Karp


A California woman says her family experienced 'sheer terror' after their Nest security camera was hacked, warning them of a North Korean missile attack (GOOG, GOOGL)

A Northern California family experienced "five minutes of sheer terror" after their Nest surveillance camera was hacked, warning them of a North Korea missile attack, according to The Mercury News.  The camera rang out the detailed message: "North Korean intercontinental ballistic missiles headed to Los Angeles, Chicago and Ohio," though the family saw no such warning on television.  It is not the first time Nest products have been susceptible to hacks. In December, a hacker took control of on...
Tags: Google, California, North Korea, US, Trends, United States, Ohio, Tony Fadell, Nest, Pyongyang, British Airways, Bay Area, Northern California, Los Angeles Chicago, Lyons, Mercury News


Flights headed for Newark airport had to be temporarily grounded after 2 drones were spotted flying nearby

A ground stop was issued for Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) on Tuesday due to drone activity.  According to ABC News, the FAA confirmed that two drones were spotted in the path of planes landing at Newark Airport. A ground stop for incoming flights has been issued. During a ground stop, flights headed for Newark are held at their point of departure.  A ground stop has been issued for Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR) on Tuesday due to drone activity.  A Federal Aviation A...
Tags: Facebook, London, New York City, US, Trends, New Jersey, Delta, Airbus, Newark, Abc News, Faa, Federal Aviation Administration, Newark Liberty International Airport, London Heathrow Airport, Port Authority of New York, Newark Airport


I tried a $230 Roomba alternative that automatically vacuums and mops floors — here's what using it was like

The   Insider Picks   team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. Since 1996, robotic vacuums have become increasingly sophisticated with several manufacturers trying to cut into the Roomba's market share. ILIFE currently has two lines of vacuums: the A series for cleaning carpets and the V series designed for vacuuming and mopping hard floors. Having never used a robotic vacuum before, I apprec...
Tags: Amazon, Trends, Business Insider, Jerome, Shenzhen China, Wild West, Bloc, ILIFE V8s Robotic Mop Vacuum Cleaner


BuzzFeed News' real problem isn't the special counsel's office

Dear Readers, It was a three-day weekend for some, but not over at BuzzFeed News. The publisher was busy defending its bombshell report on Robert Mueller’s investigation after the special counsel’s office denied the story, which claimed that President Trump directed his lawyer Michael Cohen to lie to Congress. (BuzzFeed stands by its story.) The ordeal raised questions about BuzzFeed News’ credibility and showed the perils of high-stakes reporting on the Trump presidency in a 24-7 news cycle. Bu...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Buzzfeed, Congress, Washington Post, Digital, Trends, Earth, Netflix, United States, New York Times, Tim Cook, Fox News, Nielsen, Nexstar


IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said companies have to change the way they hire, or the skills gap will become a crisis

IBM CEO Ginni Rometty said at the World Economic Forum's 2019 annual meeting in Davos that the most pressing issue of the "Fourth Industrial Revolution" is the "skills crisis" that would leave workers behind. She said that in-demand "New Collar jobs" won't require a four-year degree, and that IBM has had success with its vocational school and apprenticeship programs. This article is part of Business Insider's ongoing series on Better Capitalism. We're at the beginning of a new age in the deve...
Tags: California, US, Trends, Davos, Ibm, Financial Times, Wef, World Economic Forum, Davos Switzerland, Ginni Rometty, Rometty, Roula Khalaf


Alphabet's X moonshot factory just hired a tech veteran to help shepherd a 'new generation' of bold bets (GOOGL, GOOG)

Alphabet's moonshot division, "X," has hired UK tech-veteran Wendy Tan White as its vice president on the leadership team.  "We’re delighted [White will] be bringing [her] expertise to the moonshot factory and helping to bring a new generation of moonshots into the world," said X CEO Astro Teller.  A company spokesperson for X did not specify which projects White would initially focus on, but did say that her position will be a new role for the company.  Alphabet's moonshot factory, kno...
Tags: Google, UK, Trends, White, Alphabet, Business Insider, Moonfruit, Wendy Tan White, BGF Ventures


More climate change disasters could increase iPhone demand, Apple predicts (AAPL)

Apple sees potential opportunities if climate change increases the amount of extreme weather or government regulation.  One possible effect named by Apple in a new report is that its safety features, including a flashlight, could increase the demand for iPhones. But there are a lot of risks for businesses created by climate change as well.  The dangers of climate change — from rising sea levels to more frequent droughts — are expected to have a devastating impact on society.  For Apple, a cha...
Tags: Apple, National Weather Service, Trends, Bank Of America, Tim Cook, Xiaomi, Jackson, US environmental protection agency, Walt Disney Co, Interbrand, Lisa Jackson


Apple predicts more climate change disasters could increase iPhone demand (AAPL)

Apple sees potential opportunities if climate change increases the amount of extreme weather or government regulation.  One possible effect named by Apple in a new report is that its safety features, including a flashlight, could increase the demand for iPhones. But there are a lot of risks for businesses created by climate change as well.  The dangers of climate change — from rising sea levels to more frequent droughts — are expected to have a devastating impact on society.  For Apple, a cha...
Tags: Apple, National Weather Service, Trends, Bank Of America, Tim Cook, Xiaomi, Jackson, US environmental protection agency, Aapl, Walt Disney Co, Interbrand, Lisa Jackson


Amazon is selling directly to customers in Brazil for the first time ever — but a tough retail climate might make the company 'uncomfortable' (AMZN)

Amazon finally started selling directly in Brazil in earnest on Tuesday, the company confirmed.  The announcement confirms years of speculation about the company expanding its direct sales into Brazil after initially laying the groundwork there.  Still, Brazil's tough retail environment will not be kind to Amazon, and being there will likely be"uncomfortable," according to one analyst. Amazon has finally started selling directly in Brazil. The company launched its full-scale retail website in...
Tags: Amazon, UK, Germany, India, Trends, Bloomberg, Brazil, Costco, Latin America, Reuters, Alex Spiro, AMZN, Monteiro, Previously Amazon, BTG Pactual, Sao Palo


Netflix's 'Fyre' director explains how getting the footage of the NYC VIP Access ticket-selling scam was 'kind of an accident'

Netflix's "Fyre" director Chris Smith told Business Insider the footage that shows Fyre Festival founder Billy McFarland doing the NYC VIP Access ticket scam was found by accident. Smith said the footage had been part of a shoot an artist named Kindo did of McFarland after he was on bail. Following McFarland's rearrest in connection to the ticket scam, Kindo realized he had shot McFarland doing the scam. "It was kind of an accident, they didn't even understand the significance of what they had...
Tags: New York City, Trends, Netflix, Vogue, Manhattan, Coachella, Smith, Hulu, Business Insider, Billy, Chris Smith, McFarland, Billy McFarland, Kindo, Anna Wintour McFarland, Kindo When Kindo


Davos 2019 Day One: Huawei chairman said trade war is slowing sales, Microsoft CEO talked tech's impact on humanity

The world's elite converge on Davos, Switzerland, this week for the World Economic Forum's Annual Meeting. This year's theme  is "Globalization 4.0" — promoting more inclusive societies and better protections for vulnerable communities.  On Monday, Britain's Prince William interviewed conservationist David Attenborough about the impact humans have on nature, and tech CEOs talked of the industry's effect on the world economy and privacy of citizens.  World leaders, business chieftains and othe...
Tags: Japan, Microsoft, Angela Merkel, Trends, Britain, Credit Suisse, Ibm, Alps, Christine Lagarde, William, David Attenborough, Huawei, Imf, Davos Switzerland, US China, Shinzo Abe Here


Apple is holding a global iPhone photography contest, and the prize is that your photo could be used on a billboard (AAPL)

Apple is running a contest to identify 10 of the best photos taken on an iPhone. The photos will be judged by a panel of 10 people including Barack Obama's former personal photographer.  Winners of the contest will see their photo used in Apple marketing.  To enter, tag your iPhone photos with #shotoniPhone and post them to Instagram or Twitter.  Think some of your smartphone photos are award quality?  Apple is giving people around the world a chance to submit photos shot on an iPhone to a gl...
Tags: Apple, Instagram, White House, Barack Obama, Trends, Weibo, Pete Souza, Apple Newsroom Apple


Cadillac's new president says that the luxury brand can't successfully go electric by copying Tesla (GM, TSLA)

Cadillac president Steve Carlisle will oversee the luxury division's repositioning as General Motors' lead electric brand. He admires Tesla's impact — but he doesn't want GM or Cadillac to win by copying anyone. Cadillac is in the midst of product shift, selling more crossovers and moving away from traditional luxury sedans. Last year, General Motors shook up its Cadillac brand. Then-president Johan de Nysschen — who had overseen a move to New York from Detroit and a "Dare greatly" advertisin...
Tags: Facebook, Elon Musk, New York, California, NYC, US, Trends, General Motors, Tesla, Canada, Ford, Gm, Chevy, Electric, Detroit, Carlisle


NASA has a $3.5 billion idea to save Earth from a supervolcano apocalypse

Yellowstone National Park sits atop a massive supervolcano that's considered one of the greatest volcano threats in the county.   While experts estimate that a super-eruption might not happen for another few million years, NASA scientists performed a thought experiment to determine how we could prevent Yellowstone from erupting. Their hypothetical idea involves cooling the volcano down by pumping cold water into a series of wells around its perimeter. If implemented, the scenario could potent...
Tags: US, Trends, Nasa, Earth, Un, Rhode Island, Mount Everest, Yellowstone, Yellowstone National Park, NASA JPL


The best ultrawide monitors you can buy

The   Insider Picks   team writes about stuff we think you'll like. Business Insider has affiliate partnerships, so we get a share of the revenue from your purchase. The LG 38WK95C-W monitor is one of the most expensive computer monitors you can buy — ultrawide or not. However, if you’re looking for perfection, you won’t find another ultrawide monitor that comes close. LG's is simply the best. In the last few years, 4K and ultrawide monitors have been fighting for the limelight. While there...
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LIVE: IBM earnings (IBM)

IBM is due to report earnings this afternoon after the bell.  IBM's stock was down 36% in 2018, but the company is betting that its forthcoming acquisition of Red Hat for $34 billion will start turning things around. Here's what Wall Street is expecting: EPS of $4.84 a share. Revenue of $21.75 billion. Refresh your browser or click here for real time updates.Join the conversation about this story » NOW WATCH: 7 science-backed ways to a happier and healthier 201...
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IBM soars as high as 7% after announcing annual revenue growth for the first time since 2011 (IBM)

IBM's stock soared as high as 7% after announcing earnings that blew away Wall Street expectations on the top and bottom lines. Although IBM's quarterly revenues slipped some 3% from the year-ago quarter, it still stayed ahead of analyst expectations. Here's what IBM reported: Revenue of $ 21.76 billion. Wall Street was looking for $21.75 billion. EPS of $ 4.87/share. Analysts were expecting $4.84 a share. There was more good news for IBM, besides: In 2018, its full-year revenue grew 1%...
Tags: Trends, Ibm, Ginni Rometty, Global Business Services


IBM soars as high as 7% after blowing away Wall Street expectations and showing annual revenue growth for the first time since 2011 (IBM)

IBM's stock rose as high as 7% on Tuesday after announcing earnings that beat Wall Street expectations on the top and bottom lines.  IBM also posted positive revenue growth in 2018 — the first time it's done so since 2017.  Its quarterly revenue slipped some 3% from this time last year, but it was still ahead of expectations.  IBM's stock soared as high as 7% after announcing earnings that blew away Wall Street expectations on the top and bottom lines. At $21.76 billion, IBM's quarterly rev...
Tags: Trends, Ibm Watson, Ibm, Ginni Rometty, Global Business Services


Ericsson's CTO says governments are ill-prepared for the advent of 5G, as mobile broadband adoption is set to explode

Governments aren't prepared for the adoption of 5G, Ericsson CTO Erik Ekudden told Business Insider at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. In five years, the population of the world with access to mobile broadband will go from less than 60% to 92%, he said.  Ericsson thinks it needs to close the educational gap for industry leaders and governments. DAVOS, Switzerland — As the world races to adopt 5G, there are concerns that governments aren't ready. "Governments aren't as prepa...
Tags: Verizon, US, Trends, Earth, Ericsson, GSMA, Cto, World Economic Forum, Davos Switzerland, Cowen, GPT, Ericsson CTO, Erik Ekudden, Davos Switzerland Ekudden, Ekudden


Think you can spot a hacker's phishing email? Take Google's quiz and find out (GOOG, GOOGL)

Google and its sister company, Jigsaw, made a quiz that you can use to test your prowess at spotting phishing emails designed to gain access to your personal information. The quiz shows you eight fishy email templates to see whether you can tell the legitimate emails from those intended to steal your data. The average user receives 16 malicious emails a month, so it's more important than ever to be aware of what to look out for when sorting through your inbox. Phishing emails aren't always ...
Tags: Google, Trends, Don, Alphabet Google, Google Doc, Jigsaw


The head of tech at Credit Suisse gives her best advice for workers losing their jobs to robots

Business Insider talked to Laura Barrowman, the chief technology officer at Credit Suisse, at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, on Monday. Barrowman said workers whose jobs have been displaced by automation should shift their careers towards cybersecurity, where there is a talent shortage.  Having your job displaced by a robot might not mean you're completely out of work.  Laura Barrowman, the chief technology officer at Credit Suisse, said workers who have lost their jobs du...
Tags: Trends, Credit Suisse, World Economic Forum, Davos Switzerland, Capgemini, RPA, Barrowman, Laura Barrowman, Credit Suisse Anything


Cadillac's new president says the luxury brand can't successfully go electric by copying Tesla (GM, TSLA)

Cadillac President Steve Carlisle will oversee the luxury division's repositioning as General Motors' lead electric brand. He admires Tesla's impact — but he doesn't want GM or Cadillac to win by copying anyone. Cadillac is in the midst of a product shift, selling more crossovers and moving away from traditional luxury sedans. Last year, General Motors shook up its Cadillac brand. Johan de Nysschen, who as president had overseen a move to New York from Detroit and a "Dare Greatly" advertising...
Tags: Facebook, Elon Musk, New York, California, NYC, US, Trends, General Motors, Tesla, Canada, Ford, Gm, Chevy, Electric, Detroit, Carlisle


Amazon has 10,000 employees dedicated to Alexa — here are some of the areas they're working on (AMZN)

Amazon's VP of Alexa, Steve Rabuchin, has confirmed that yes, there really are 10,000 Amazon employees working on Alexa and Echo.  Those employees are focused on everything from machine learning to making Alexa more knowledgeable.  There's a whole group of employees working on giving Alexa a personality, too.  Back in November, Amazon's head of devices, Dave Limp, said that 10,000 of Amazon's employees work on the company's Alexa smart assistant and the Echo products it lives in. Wait, 10,000...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Samsung, Trends, Siri, Las Vegas, Jeff Bezos, Alexa, Consumer Electronics Show, AMZN, Dave Limp, Alexa Read, Toni Reid Amazon, Steve Rabuchin, Rabuchin


Credit Suisse’s technology chief says IBM’s spotty history with acquisitions gives her reason to worry about the $34 billion Red Hat deal

Business Insider talked to Laura Barrowman, the chief technology officer at Credit Suisse, at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Monday. Barrowman said big software companies need to do a better job of allowing companies they acquire to maintain some of their independence. Barrowman is watching to see how IBM handles integration of Red Hat, which it acquired for $34 billion in 2018. The technology industry has loads of examples of mergers that fell flat, from Microsoft's acquisition of Nok...
Tags: Google, Motorola, Microsoft, Nokia, Trends, Linkedin, Cisco, Davos, Credit Suisse, Ibm, Dell, EMC, World Economic Forum, Davos Switzerland, Barrowman, Laura Barrowman


UPS CEO downplays Amazon threat and says online shopping 'is a lot more than just Amazon' (UPS, AMZN)

UPS CEO David Abney on Tuesday downplayed the threat of Amazon's growing shipping network. He said UPS remains the "vendor of choice" for hundreds of thousands of online retailers and that "e-commerce is a lot more than just Amazon." Amazon captured about half of all e-commerce sales last year, according to eMarketer. UPS CEO David Abney on Tuesday downplayed the threat of Amazon's growing shipping network, saying "e-commerce is a lot more than just Amazon." Abney made the remark in ...
Tags: Amazon, Japan, Trends, UPS, Usps, Fox Business Network, World Economic Forum, David Abney, Amazon Amazon, Abney, Maria The, Amazon UPS AMZN, Amazon Abney


WOW Air CEO reveals what went wrong with his airline after a tumultuous year where the company had to lay off 111 workers and dump half of its planes

WOW Air suffered through a tough 2018 that saw it lay off 111 employees, cut its fleet size in half, and a failed merger with Icelandair. According to WOW Air founder and CEO Skúli Mogensen, the company's struggles can be attributed to its decision to add wide-body Airbus A330-300 jetliners to its fleet in late 2016. This added costs and complexities to the airline's service delivery and operations. In the first nine months of 2018, WOW Air reported a 31% increase in revenue to $501 million wh...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Europe, London, US, Trends, Atlantic, United States, Airbus, Air, West Coast, Boeing, Wow Air, Art Deco, Frontier Airlines, Icelandair


Wow Air CEO reveals what went wrong with his airline after a tumultuous year when the company had to lay off 111 workers and dump half of its planes

Wow Air suffered through a tough 2018 that saw it lay off 111 employees, cut its fleet size by nearly half, and experience a failed merger with Icelandair. According to Wow Air's founder and CEO, Skuli Mogensen, the company's struggles can be attributed to its decision to add wide-body Airbus A330-300 jetliners to its fleet in late 2016. This added costs and complexities to the airline's service delivery and operations. In the first nine months of 2018, Wow Air reported losses of $33.6 million...
Tags: Facebook, Asia, Europe, US, Trends, United States, Airbus, West Coast, Boeing, Art Deco, Frontier Airlines, Icelandair, Skúli Mogensen, Mogensen, Indigo Partners, Mogensen Wow Air


Amazon's 'The Expanse' revival is coming this year, and critics have compared the sci-fi series to 'Game of Thrones'

Amazon will debut its revival of "The Expanse" this year, and all three previous seasons will be available to stream on February 8. Syfy canceled the show in May, but Amazon quickly saved it after fan outcry. The show's third season had a 100% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, and critics have compared it to "Game of Thrones." When Syfy canceled "The Expanse" in May, Amazon swooped in soon after to save the critically acclaimed science-fiction series. The show's third season, which aired on Sy...
Tags: Amazon, US, Syfy, Trends, Netflix, Surrey, Jeff Bezos, Indiewire, George R R Martin, Earth Mars, Liz Shannon Miller, Asteroid Belt